Radical innovation needed to transform the water sector | Infrastructure news

The urgent need for innovation to address multifaceted and intertwined water-related challenges is becoming increasingly clear, as the public, media, and governments place pressure on the water sector across the world to drive down emissions and pollutions. 

Meanwhile, the water sector is often seen as less innovative than other sectors and can be slow to adopt and adapt new technologies, while water utilities around the world are keen to achieve ‘net zero’, adoption of new technologies can be slow, costly, and inefficient.

These are the views of Dr. Piers Clark, chairman of technology and innovation consultancy, Isle, who adds, “The climate crisis is unavoidable. Concrete and lasting action is required now from the water sector. The water sector is a major contributor OF emissions but has significant potential to produce a positive impact.

“What is needed is an innovative new approach – which requires increased R&D and embracing new technologies and ways of working. However, the industry often undergoes multiple ‘trials’ at great expense without implementing technologies due to cost concerns and internal barriers. We want to change that.”

In a bid to tackle these issues, Isle will be announcing a “game-changing” project that will allow utilities to try new solutions and technologies at no financial risk.

About Water Action Platform

The Water Action Platform was initiated in March 2020 when Isle provided a platform to facilitate knowledge sharing for utilities across the world as they navigated their way through the COVID-19pandemic. Since then it has grown rapidly and, whilst still focusing on key COVID-19 developments, a much wider range of water-related topics are covered.

The Water Action Platform has become an incredibly vibrant forum for organisations and individuals to share their experiences; it is a brilliant example of collaboration and the sharing of best practices.

The Water Action Platform includes over 1200+ members from 681 organisations across 90 countries and is constantly growing.

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